Jane Austen's House Museum & the Watercress Line Railway, 
As a result of requests in our Annual Members Questionnaire a coach excursion has been arranged to our MOST POPULARLY REQUESTED EXCURSION, namely, Jane Austen’s House & the Watercress Railway Line. We will have a self-guided tour and be able to explore the home and museum of one of our most famous writers. Jane Austen's House Museum is a small independent museum in the village of Chawton, near Alton in Hampshire. The 17th-century house in which novelist, Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life. The museum has been a Grade I listed building since 1963. After our visit we will transfer to Alresford Station where we will board our train for a return ride to Alton on the Watercress Line Railway, including a cream tea during our rail journey. 
on Wednesday 22nd August 2018. 
Our coach will depart from 
Teston Village Hall, Church Street, Teston at 9am. 
The Wateringbury Hotel bus stop, Tonbridge Road, Wateringbury at 9.05am. 
Returning to the Villages about 7.30pm. 
Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, is the only house where Jane lived and wrote that is open to the public. When Jane arrived at Chawton, she had written three novels in draft form; these were Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. It is possible that she revised these novels at the house before getting them published. In addition, it was here that she wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. Pride and Prejudice is a book many people first read at school and remember. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. These two works were the last of Jane's novels to be published and sadly Jane herself never lived to see them in print. In the months following her death in 1817, Jane's brother Henry orchestrated their publication as a pair. All of Jane Austen's novels focus on family and friendship, but it is widely suggested that the family of Catherine Morland, the heroine of Northanger Abbey, most strongly reflects life in the Austen family. Like Jane, Catherine's father was a clergyman and they both grew up in a vicarage with a large and lively family. Displays throughout the Museum, featuring newly acquired treasures, will explore the themes of family and friendship in both Northanger Abbey and in the lives of the Austen family, Come and discover how attending society balls, writing letters and reading novels played a role in the lives of these real and imagined characters. 
The Mid Hants Railway Line, affectionately known as the ‘Watercress Line’ due to our connection with transporting watercress from the beds in Alresford all the way in to London. This heritage railway was saved from total extinction by a band of enthusiastic volunteers in 1973. They raised enough money to re-open the line as a visitor attraction from Alresford to Ropley in 1977 and continued to raise funds to relay the track to join up with the South West Trains station at Alton by 1985, with their own station buildings on Platform 3. They operate a fleet of steam locomotives, most of them of the larger classes, as they are required to work hard to haul trains up and over the steeply graded line. Today the railway runs the full 10 miles between the market towns of Alresford and Alton. 
Included in the price:
All travel in our Scotland & Bates coach with on board drinks and washroom facilities. 
Allocated seat on our coach. 
Morning visit to Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton, for your self-guided tour. 
Free time in Chawton for lunch, (at own expense), or bring your own picnic. 
Return train ride between Alresford and Alton, on the Watercress Line Railway, (departing at 3pm., and return at 4.35pm.). 
A cream tea will be served during our rail journey. 
Teston Tours unique “All-inclusive hospitality” experience. 
Excursion is exclusive to Teston Tours. 
Escorted throughout by a Teston Tours Organiser. 
Cost:- £60.00p per person. 
lf you are interested in this coach outing to Hampshire, can you book your place as soon as possible 
to avoid disappointment and pay a non-returnable deposit, (unless the coach is full 
and a replacement person is found), of £25.00p per person, directly to me 
at 3 Fairlawn Close, Teston, at the time of booking. 
Full payment is due by Friday 20th July 2018. 
Cheques made payable to Alan Hayes. 
Teston Tours reserves the right to refuse patronage on any of its outings. 
For further information please contact, 
our web-site www.testontours.co.uk or email testontours@hotmail.com 
or telephone (01622) 812132 or mobile 07977 417902. 
Alan Hayes, Teston Tours, Group Travel Organiser, 3 Fairlawn Close, Teston, Maidstone, ME18 5AX. 
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